There are a whole host of evergreen shrubs that provide eye-catching displays throughout the cold winter months. They provide permanent structure and year round interest. Some have beautiful flowers, stealing the show when there is very little around. Many are highly scented and some have variegated or colourful foliage which comes into its own during the winter months. Grow evergreen shrubs as part of a mixed border or as hedging or make a feature of them in pots and containers.
There are plenty of evergreen shrubs to choose from but if you need some inspiration then here is a brief list of the what you can find in our garden centre.
Japanese Laurel (Aucuba japonica) yellow speckled leaves, good for screening or dull corners.
Camellia (Camellia) Autumn and Spring flowering, many colours and forms to choose from.
Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) large palm shaped leaves, architectural shape, great for containers.
Hebe (Hebe) many varieties and sizes, colourful and attractive foliage and flowers in summer.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Golden Van Tol') self-pollinating, variegated leaves and bright red berries.
Laurustinus Viburnum tinus varieties, evergreen shrubs, flowers through winter and followed by fruit.
Camellias are hardy evergreen shrubs with all-year-round glossy foliage and large showy blooms from early December until mid-May. They require acid soil and should be planted in ericaceous compost, particularly in containers for which they are ideal specimens.
Plant in an area of the garden away from early morning sun as this can damage the flowers on cold mornings. If the foliage stars to yellow it could be due to a lack of iron. This can be corrected with an application of sequestrine. In fact an annual application may be a good idea as a preventative measure. Remember though a general acid fertilizer will also be needed as sequestrine is not a total feed. They take to pruning quite well which needs to be done as soon as the flowers fade, allowing plenty of time for growth and development of the buds for next years flower.